When he applied for a position at Saariselkä, Marko Kokko, 36, was looking for new experiences and a change from his job as a taxi driver

He didn’t have any particular expectations but the fell region, which is at its best in the winter, swept Marko off his feet.

Originally from Oulu, Marko had wanted to make a move to Lapland for a long time, to work as an outdoor activity instructor as he had a qualification for the job. To fulfil this goal, he applied for a safari guide’s position at Joiku Kotsamo, which specialises in arranging outdoor activities, and soon realised he had made a good choice.

 ‘Days at a safari company are action-packed and customers are international. It’s just the kind of working environment I enjoy. 

My work at Joiku was motivating and enjoyable. Applying for that job was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. The winter season gave me valuable new experiences and an opportunity to develop my skills,’ explains Marko.

In addition to snowmobile safaris, his duties involved some work with reindeer safaris. Staying in a spacious one-bedroom terraced house in Kakslauttanen, Marko was more than happy with his accommodation. He had no complaints about leisure opportunities either. 

 ‘After spending my whole work day on the fells, I usually wanted to find something else to do in my free time. At Saariselkä, you are spoilt for choice when it comes to leisure activities,’ he explains.

With its fells and natural beauty, Saariselkä, for him, is Lapland at its best and most authentic. It also has a vibrant Sami culture, for which the region is well-known.   

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